Being the parent of a preemie can be stressful. There’s lots of questions that arise about developmental milestones, not-so-helpful comments from family and friends, and difficulty transitioning to life outside the NICU. Here’s one thing that you don’t have to stress so much about, though: educational outcomes.
The vast majority of premature babies are every bit as ready for kindergarten as those carried fully to term, according to a new study published on Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers analyzed the later educational performance of more than 1.3 million babies born from 1992 to 2002 who were born after 23 weeks (just past the point of viability) up to 41, and they found something that surprised them. Two thirds of children who were 23 to 24 weeks when born — the most premature of the group — were performing on par with their peers.
Here’s three main takeaways from the study:
1. There’s no significant difference in educational outcomes between most preemies and those carried fully to term. Those who were born at 25 weeks didn’t perform too much…